Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra

Events & News

Rehearsals begin!

All ensembles begin rehearsals on Sunday, January 16 at Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center at Bethany Lutheran College.

Registration for Spring Session is closed

Registration for our Spring session is closed. However, interested students can still email Executive Director, David Stordalen ( to gain information about joining MAYSO.

The MAYSO Concerto Competition is canceled for the 2021-2022 season.

Previous Events

Fall Concerts

Admission is a recommended $10 per person free will donation. Those 5 and younger are admitted free. We ask all audience members to mask when in attendance.

Saturday, November 13 | 2:00 p.m.

Blue Earth Area Senior High School, 1125 N Grove St, Blue Earth, MN 56013

Sunday, November 14 | 3:00 p.m.

Loyola Catholic School, 145 Good Counsel Dr, Mankato, MN 56001


North Star Strings (NSS) is an introductory strings only orchestra for students and prepares them for YP. The goal of this ensemble is to introduce students to ensemble playing and help develop note reading. Students in this orchestra will have been playing for 1-3 years in lessons.

Youth Philharmonic (YP) is the preparatory orchestra for the Symphony Orchestra. YP students should expect to see challenging key signatures (up to 4 flats/sharps), challenging rhythms, and shift into higher positions. These students will typically be in Suzuki books 3-5 or the equivalent and have been playing for 3-6 years.

Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) is our most advanced orchestra offering. These students will typically be in Suzuki books 5 and above and piece difficulty will be in the 4 and above range. Think college level music.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestras is to educate young musicians in a professional symphony atmosphere, to give opportunity to perform a wide variety of symphonic music, and to provide a variety of music education formats. It is our purpose to help prepare the young musician for participation in the world of symphonic music, either as a professional musician or as a patron of the arts.

The Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra has been presenting concerts in our communities and teaching students for 54 years.

We now offer several unique opportunities for students to play music including Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra, Youth Philharmonic, North Star Strings, Chamber Orchestra, Summer Orchestra, and Summer Jazz.